Intercultural City Committee



The project has created an Intercultural City Committee (ICC) in each partner city. Each ICC is composed of at least 6 members from relevant stakeholders, representing civil society organisations, migrant associations, local authorities, community members and leaders, thus ensuring the presence of a combination of major stakeholders able to support the LIAISON’s action throughout and beyond its duration, by:

  • Providing insights on the local situation on acceptance and tolerance of migrants and asylum seekers;
  • Supporting the mainstreaming of the Liaison Organisational Empowerment Program (OEP), methodology and model to promote a long-term coordinated action based on the promotion of mutual learning activities at the local level and to foster reciprocal knowledge, tolerance and social cohesion;
  • Easing the flow of information among its members and local communities; and
  • Acting as “prototypes” (organisations) for strengthened cooperation among relevant stakeholders aimed at preventing hatred and enhancing tolerance and social cohesion.

Below are the composition of the ICCs in partner country.

Denmark

The ICC members in Denmark represents:

1. Center for Frivilligt Socialt arbejde (CSFA)/Danish Institute for Voluntary Service)

CFSA is the national development and resource center for civil society concerning social affairs. The goal of CFSA is to strengthen and develop volunteer social work in Denmark and to collect and communicate knowledge about the development of the civil society to stakeholders within the social sector, municipalities, ministries, foundations and research units.

www.frivillighed.dk

2. Committee for Diversity and Gender Equality, Aarhus Municipality

Aarhus Municipality´s Committee for Diversity and Gender Equality has been created to increase the democratic participation of different groups in the municipality whose democratic participation rate is low.

www.aarhus.dk

3. The City Council in Aarhus Municipality

The City Council is an organ elected by the people. It is a consultative and proactive body which supports and influences the decisions taken by the public administration of the Municipality of Aarhus.

www.aarhus.dk

4. LGBT+huset

LGBT+huset seeks to gather and strengthen the existing associations in the LGBT+ community. The goal is to create a visible place where all new LGBT+ persons in Aarhus can find information and become a part of a community.

www.lgbthusaarhus.dk

5. Ny integration i Samfundet (NiiS)

NiiS is an NGO in the Municipality of Aarhus that works for the social inclusion of migrants and refugees by matching them with jobs or help them get an education. Niis seeks to complement the integration efforts of the municipality and the job centre.

www.niis.dk

6. Leg og Lær med etniske ord

Leg og Lær is a migrant association that focuses on community, volunteer work and citizenship. The association works to strengthen the cooperation between schools, ethnic minority parents and supports pupils with their homework.

Denmark

The ICC members in Denmark represents:

1. Center for Frivilligt Socialt arbejde (CSFA)/Danish Institute for Voluntary Service)

CFSA is the national development and resource center for civil society concerning social affairs. The goal of CFSA is to strengthen and develop volunteer social work in Denmark and to collect and communicate knowledge about the development of the civil society to stakeholders within the social sector, municipalities, ministries, foundations and research units.

www.frivillighed.dk

2. Committee for Diversity and Gender Equality, Aarhus Municipality

Aarhus Municipality´s Committee for Diversity and Gender Equality has been created to increase the democratic participation of different groups in the municipality whose democratic participation rate is low.

www.aarhus.dk

3. The City Council in Aarhus Municipality

The City Council is an organ elected by the people. It is a consultative and proactive body which supports and influences the decisions taken by the public administration of the Municipality of Aarhus.

www.aarhus.dk

4. LGBT+huset

LGBT+huset seeks to gather and strengthen the existing associations in the LGBT+ community. The goal is to create a visible place where all new LGBT+ persons in Aarhus can find information and become a part of a community.

www.lgbthusaarhus.dk

5. Ny integration i Samfundet (NiiS)

NiiS is an NGO in the Municipality of Aarhus that works for the social inclusion of migrants and refugees by matching them with jobs or help them get an education. Niis seeks to complement the integration efforts of the municipality and the job centre.

www.niis.dk

6. Leg og Lær med etniske ord

Leg og Lær is a migrant association that focuses on community, volunteer work and citizenship. The association works to strengthen the cooperation between schools, ethnic minority parents and supports pupils with their homework.

Italy

The ICC members in Italy represents:

1. Consulta delle Culture (Council of Cultures)

The Council is the representative body of all those who have a nationality other than Italian or who have acquired Italian citizenship, and is a consultative and proactive body which supports and influences the decisions taken by the public administration of the Municipality of Palermo.

www.comune.palermo.it

2. Sportello FAMI - Università degli Studi di Palermo

The Fami (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) help desk is a multidisciplinary help desk, coordinated by the University of Palermo, where the social workers, with the support of mediators and lawyers, deal with the resolution of problems relating to migrant inclusion, specifically in the areas of education, training and work integration, healthcare and bureaucracy.

www.unipa.it

3. Centro Diaconale La Noce-Valdesi

The "LA NOCE" Deacon Center is a not-for-profit social entity of the Waldensian Church. The services of the Deacon Center are aimed at the emancipation of the individual by overcoming social, cultural and psycho-physical disparities, the prevention of forms of discomfort and marginalization, the enhancement of differences and the education of a conscious and responsible citizenship.

www.lanoce.org

Italy

The ICC members in Italy represents:

1. Consulta delle Culture (Council of Cultures)

The Council is the representative body of all those who have a nationality other than Italian or who have acquired Italian citizenship, and is a consultative and proactive body which supports and influences the decisions taken by the public administration of the Municipality of Palermo.

www.comune.palermo.it

2. Sportello FAMI - Università degli Studi di Palermo

The Fami (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) help desk is a multidisciplinary help desk, coordinated by the University of Palermo, where the social workers, with the support of mediators and lawyers, deal with the resolution of problems relating to migrant inclusion, specifically in the areas of education, training and work integration, healthcare and bureaucracy.

www.unipa.it

3. Centro Diaconale La Noce-Valdesi

The "LA NOCE" Deacon Center is a not-for-profit social entity of the Waldensian Church. The services of the Deacon Center are aimed at the emancipation of the individual by overcoming social, cultural and psycho-physical disparities, the prevention of forms of discomfort and marginalization, the enhancement of differences and the education of a conscious and responsible citizenship.

www.lanoce.org

 

Germany

The ICC members in Germany represents:

1. The Ausländerbeiräte (Foreigners‘ Advisory Council) of the District of Kassel, the City of Kassel and the municipalities Baunatal, Lohfelden and Vellmar.

Foreigners' advisory councils are representatives elected directly by the foreign citizens of the respective local authorities, who have the right to speak and make motions in the municipal bodies. As a rule, the foreigners' advisory councils meet every four weeks. The meetings are open to the public. As a rule, members of the respective municipal representative bodies also attend the meetings.

www.landkreiskassel.de; www.kassel.de; www.baunatal.de; www.lohfelden.de; www.vellmar.de

2. Municipalities of the District of Kassel

Municipalities that do not have foreigners' advisory councils can form integration commissions if more than 1,000 citizens live in the respective municipality. In the district of Kassel, this applies to the municipalities of Fuldatal, Hofgeismar and Wolfhagen. However, representatives of the municipal bodies of other smaller municipalities in the Kassel district are also represented in the ICC.

3. Representatives of the Volkshochschule Region Kassel (Adult Education School).

The Volkshochschule Region Kassel is the central point of contact for integration and language courses for migrants in the Kassel region. Integration guides, who take care of the integration of migrants (mainly refugees) on a voluntary basis, are trained at the school.

www.vhs-region-kassel.de

4. Arbeitsförderungsgesellschaft Landkreis Kassel (Society for Employment Promotion)

The Arbeitsförderungsgesellschaft im Landkreis Kassel (AGiL) oversees the project Berufspaten. In this project, people in management positions in companies and public administration take care of young people on their way into working life. In recent years, the work of the career mentors has focused on young people with an immigrant background who are particularly struggling to find a training position.

www.landkreiskassel.de

 
 

Germany

The ICC members in Germany represents:

1. The Ausländerbeiräte (Foreigners‘ Advisory Council) of the District of Kassel, the City of Kassel and the municipalities Baunatal, Lohfelden and Vellmar.

Foreigners' advisory councils are representatives elected directly by the foreign citizens of the respective local authorities, who have the right to speak and make motions in the municipal bodies. As a rule, the foreigners' advisory councils meet every four weeks. The meetings are open to the public. As a rule, members of the respective municipal representative bodies also attend the meetings.

www.landkreiskassel.de; www.kassel.de; www.baunatal.de; www.lohfelden.de; www.vellmar.de

2. Municipalities of the District of Kassel

Municipalities that do not have foreigners' advisory councils can form integration commissions if more than 1,000 citizens live in the respective municipality. In the district of Kassel, this applies to the municipalities of Fuldatal, Hofgeismar and Wolfhagen. However, representatives of the municipal bodies of other smaller municipalities in the Kassel district are also represented in the ICC.

3. Representatives of the Volkshochschule Region Kassel (Adult Education School).

The Volkshochschule Region Kassel is the central point of contact for integration and language courses for migrants in the Kassel region. Integration guides, who take care of the integration of migrants (mainly refugees) on a voluntary basis, are trained at the school.

www.vhs-region-kassel.de

4. Arbeitsförderungsgesellschaft Landkreis Kassel (Society for Employment Promotion)

The Arbeitsförderungsgesellschaft im Landkreis Kassel (AGiL) oversees the project Berufspaten. In this project, people in management positions in companies and public administration take care of young people on their way into working life. In recent years, the work of the career mentors has focused on young people with an immigrant background who are particularly struggling to find a training position.

www.landkreiskassel.de

Greece

The ICC members in Greece represents:

1. PROTECTA

PROTECTA was founded by the participants of the Student protest in 1996/97 whose aim was to direct the energy of the young in the future towards positive social activities on the local and national level. Although it was registered in 1998, PROTECTA began conducting its activities in 1997 even, as an informal group.

2. Hellenic Red Cross

The Hellenic Red Cross is the biggest non-governmental organization in Greece with a complex task that is based on voluntary work and on direct response to the citizens. It is always active aiming to alleviate human pain in times of war and peace, to support wounded, patients, refugees, elders, people facing economical difficulties and people from all vulnerable parts of society. Its work is connected to constant alert, solidarity and altruism and is the synonym to non profitable offer and selflessness.

3. Hellenic National Youth Council HNYC

The Hellenic National Youth Council (H.N.Y.C.) is an independent, non-profit voluntary federation, which involves: Youth organizations in Greece and abroad, Networks of youth organizations in Greece and abroad, Local youth councils, Organizations formed by young people and children aiming to troubleshoot arising issues. The operation of the H.N.Y.C. is based on the participation of NGOs, Political youth parties, Local youth councils

4. Drama Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Drama Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a local organization of businesses and companies in Drama with the intention to develop and further the interests of local companies and businesses in Greece. Many businesses are international operating companies with offices in Greece. Members of a Chamber of Commerce are usually international and local operating companies, such as lawyers, property developers, tourism companies, airlines, manufacturing companies, import and export businesses, banks, finance companies, legal advisors, IT and electronics manufacturers etc. Chambers of Commerce main activities are, among others, safeguarding business interests and sharing business experiences and business interests, contact with governments, civil society, local media and the press and organzing trade shows and events.

5. Nigerian Women Organization

Nigerian Women Organization (commonly referred to as Nigerian Women) is set-up to bring and gather together all the Nigerian women in Greece irrespective of opinion, social status, academical or family background so as to achieve the desired goals, yearnings and aspirations of the Nigerian woman and child. The Nigerian women in Greece are committed and dedicated to upholding the good values and morals of the Nigerian women so as to champion, enhance, descend or protect the rights of the Nigerian woman and child in Greece in particular and in any location of the world. The organization exposes the women to the realisation of their basic fundamental rights, encourages women to learn more and how they can be contributing citizens, and advocates a strong relationship between the nigerian women and the Greek government.

6. IANAP AMKE

IANAP is a vocational training center which was founded in 2007, located in Volos city. The center is active in the field of lifelong learning and vocational training and is certified by Greek government (EOPPEP). IANAP has more than 10 years of experience in adult training, seminars and workshops while we provide training services to people from all over Greece through our e-learning platform. It also provides comprehensive education and counseling services that promote the development of human resources. IANAP has implemented many co-funded training programs for unemployed aged 18 – 64 years old which included vocational counseling, theoretical and practical training in order to help them enter or re-entering the labor market. These programs are financed mainly by the National Ministry of Labor or OAED (National Manpower Employment Organization) and they are targeting at reducing unemployment and reintegrating the unemployed people into the open labor market

7. The Hellenic Mediterranean University

The Hellenic Mediterranean University is a public academic institution in Greece, based in Heraklion, Crete and with branches in Chania, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra and Sitia. The Hellenic Mediterranean University was founded in 2019, after the voting of the multi-bill, for the universityization of TEI. Of Crete. Today it consists of six Faculties, with more than 12,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and approximately 400 teaching and research staff.

8. PEKES - Regional Center for pedagogical planning

The mission of Western Greece PE.K.E.S. is the educational planning, the monitoring, the coordination and the support of the educational work of the public and private school units of the Regional Directorate of Education of Western Greece, the scientific and pedagogical support of teachers of public and private education, the organization of training, including the introduction of teachers, the support of the planning and evaluation of educational work at the regional level.

8. PEKES - Regional Center for pedagogical planning

The mission of Western Greece PE.K.E.S. is the educational planning, the monitoring, the coordination and the support of the educational work of the public and private school units of the Regional Directorate of Education of Western Greece, the scientific and pedagogical support of teachers of public and private education, the organization of training, including the introduction of teachers, the support of the planning and evaluation of educational work at the regional level.

Greece

The ICC members in Greece represents:

1. PROTECTA

PROTECTA was founded by the participants of the Student protest in 1996/97 whose aim was to direct the energy of the young in the future towards positive social activities on the local and national level. Although it was registered in 1998, PROTECTA began conducting its activities in 1997 even, as an informal group.

2. Hellenic Red Cross

The Hellenic Red Cross is the biggest non-governmental organization in Greece with a complex task that is based on voluntary work and on direct response to the citizens. It is always active aiming to alleviate human pain in times of war and peace, to support wounded, patients, refugees, elders, people facing economical difficulties and people from all vulnerable parts of society. Its work is connected to constant alert, solidarity and altruism and is the synonym to non profitable offer and selflessness.

3. Hellenic National Youth Council HNYC

The Hellenic National Youth Council (H.N.Y.C.) is an independent, non-profit voluntary federation, which involves: Youth organizations in Greece and abroad, Networks of youth organizations in Greece and abroad, Local youth councils, Organizations formed by young people and children aiming to troubleshoot arising issues. The operation of the H.N.Y.C. is based on the participation of NGOs, Political youth parties, Local youth councils

4. Drama Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Drama Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a local organization of businesses and companies in Drama with the intention to develop and further the interests of local companies and businesses in Greece. Many businesses are international operating companies with offices in Greece. Members of a Chamber of Commerce are usually international and local operating companies, such as lawyers, property developers, tourism companies, airlines, manufacturing companies, import and export businesses, banks, finance companies, legal advisors, IT and electronics manufacturers etc. Chambers of Commerce main activities are, among others, safeguarding business interests and sharing business experiences and business interests, contact with governments, civil society, local media and the press and organzing trade shows and events.

5. Nigerian Women Organization

Nigerian Women Organization (commonly referred to as Nigerian Women) is set-up to bring and gather together all the Nigerian women in Greece irrespective of opinion, social status, academical or family background so as to achieve the desired goals, yearnings and aspirations of the Nigerian woman and child. The Nigerian women in Greece are committed and dedicated to upholding the good values and morals of the Nigerian women so as to champion, enhance, descend or protect the rights of the Nigerian woman and child in Greece in particular and in any location of the world. The organization exposes the women to the realisation of their basic fundamental rights, encourages women to learn more and how they can be contributing citizens, and advocates a strong relationship between the nigerian women and the Greek government.

6. IANAP AMKE

IANAP is a vocational training center which was founded in 2007, located in Volos city. The center is active in the field of lifelong learning and vocational training and is certified by Greek government (EOPPEP). IANAP has more than 10 years of experience in adult training, seminars and workshops while we provide training services to people from all over Greece through our e-learning platform. It also provides comprehensive education and counseling services that promote the development of human resources. IANAP has implemented many co-funded training programs for unemployed aged 18 – 64 years old which included vocational counseling, theoretical and practical training in order to help them enter or re-entering the labor market. These programs are financed mainly by the National Ministry of Labor or OAED (National Manpower Employment Organization) and they are targeting at reducing unemployment and reintegrating the unemployed people into the open labor market

7. The Hellenic Mediterranean University

The Hellenic Mediterranean University is a public academic institution in Greece, based in Heraklion, Crete and with branches in Chania, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra and Sitia. The Hellenic Mediterranean University was founded in 2019, after the voting of the multi-bill, for the universityization of TEI. Of Crete. Today it consists of six Faculties, with more than 12,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and approximately 400 teaching and research staff.

8. PEKES - Regional Center for pedagogical planning

The mission of Western Greece PE.K.E.S. is the educational planning, the monitoring, the coordination and the support of the educational work of the public and private school units of the Regional Directorate of Education of Western Greece, the scientific and pedagogical support of teachers of public and private education, the organization of training, including the introduction of teachers, the support of the planning and evaluation of educational work at the regional level.